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Aho’s brilliance seals Nigeria’s dominance of bilateral cricket with Sierra Leone

Nigeria national cricket team produced a nervy 19 runs win over Sierra Leone to take a comfortable 4-1 lead over their 68th ranked T20 opponents at the ongoing Bilateral T20 Series at the University of Lagos on Sunday.

Peter Aho

Nigeria national cricket team produced a nervy 19 runs win over Sierra Leone to take a comfortable 4-1 lead over their 68th ranked T20 opponents at the ongoing Bilateral T20 Series at the University of Lagos on Sunday.

The six-match T-20 Bilateral Series between Nigeria and Sierra Leone is supported by Access Bank Plc, Ardova Plc, Custodian Insurance Plc, Notore, Glee Hotels and Spa and PETS Foundation.

The Yellow Greens in the first innings had a below par performance by posting 90 all out in 17.4 overs with the duo of Chima Akachukwu (30 runs) and Sesan Adedeji (20 runs) top scoring for Nigeria.

Captain Lansana Lamin’s team, despite having Samuel Conteh scoring 34 runs, were bowled out for 71 all out in 17.4 overs, thanks to the ingenious bowling from Peter Aho, who ripped through the batting line up of Sierra Leone to grab six wickets for five runs in 3.4 overs.

After missing games three and four of series, the right handed batter, who scored the Junior Yellow Greens winning run against Sierra Leone at U-19 African qualifiers to book an historic U-19 maiden Cricket World Cup, came back stronger on Sunday to the delight of fans, who thronged the UNILAG cricket pitch.  

Based on the superb bowling performance of six wickets, five runs, 3.4 overs, one maiden and Economic Rate of 1.36, Espncricinfo adjudged Nigerian left handed bowler, Peter Aho, as the best T20 bowler in the world ahead of other top bowlers from India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Afghanistan, Uganda and Argentina.

The Edo State-born cricketer was the Player of the Match and for his efforts he got a plaque and $100 courtesy of Edo State Cricket Association. His prizes were presented by Nigerian Cricket Federation’s (NCF) President, Uyi Akpata.

During the presentation, Akpata was particularly elated with the performance of the Nigerian bowlers, but singled out Aho for special praise.

“Prior to the start of the match, I told all the bowlers that the ground is best suited for them to excel and I am super excited that, Peter, who I watched grow his cricket career, created history by taking six wickets for five runs.

“Less than one month after this new board was inaugurated, I am over the moon that we are witnessing this historic moment which is a positive sign of better things to come,” he said.

Responding to the award, Aho thanked God for granting him the grace to create history in Nigerian Cricket. He also had kind words for the entire coaching crew, led by Asanka Gurusinha, as well as his teammates, who kept encouraging him even when he was temporarily omitted from the squad.

Though Nigeria has won the series, but the final game will hold take today starting by 10.00 a.m. at the UNILAG Cricket Oval.

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